Looking to restore this old Puma.

Discussion in 'Knives, Tactical Gear, and Survival' started by MaddogOIF, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. MaddogOIF

    MaddogOIF Active Member

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    I am trying to keep the handle original, but I may need to replace the lower leather washers, as they no longer line up correctly. Now when it comes to the blade; I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with it yet. I think in the condition it us right now, I'm going to keep working on it. To me it doesn't just look old, but dirty and unkept. Right now my biggest concern though, is removing the crap around the markings. I'm not sure if that will be possible because it's starting to look pitted and the markings are shallow, and that really bothers me.

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  2. jrbfishn

    jrbfishn TGT Addict

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    Are the leather washers stretched or did they shrink?
    There are several knife suppliers that sell precut washers.
    Are you going to epoxy the washers in or use a pin to hold it together?
    Some slow dry epoxy, for fishing rods I use 6 hour epoxy, added after assembly would soak in slowly and give you a hard surface to finish shaping the handle to original contours.
    Several ways to do it depending on the tool you have on hand.

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  3. MaddogOIF

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    I have no tools on hand. I've been going over tutorials to see what they use and most of them and I don't have the budget for the table mounted equipment, but I'm considering investing in a Dremel to run the surface of the metal and shape the new washers.

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  4. jrbfishn

    jrbfishn TGT Addict

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    After you epoxy them, yu should be able to shape them by hand and use the Dremel to polish them smooth. Just use different grits of paper just like sanding wood.
    For small areas, tight spots or just when I need something small and flat, I will glue sandpaper to paint paddles, popcicle sticks or different sizes of PVC pipe. Finger nail emory boards can work as well. Don't have to have fancy equipment for what you are doing. If you are not used to it, might be better to not have it. Just take your time and don't rush. When water shaped and/or epoxied, the leahter should dand like a soft wood or plastic. The polish with the buffing wheel on the dremel.

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  5. Tanked84

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    How's the restoration going? That's a nice knife.
     

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